UMass Dartmouth Corsair Hall of Fame Class of 2001

 

Attorney Kevin Phelan (SMU '74) played basketball at SMU for only three seasons, yet demonstrated his offensive prowess by finishing his career with 1,193 points from 1970-73, ranking him 24th on the Corsairs' all-time scoring list. In addition to his career scoring marks, Phelan's name is also scattered throughout the UMass Dartmouth men's basketball record book. Phelan holds the Corsair record for most field goals in a game with 19 against Husson College in 1972. His 40 points in that one game are also tied for second for most points scored in one game. His 22.1 points per game scoring average during the 1972-73 season is the fourth highest average in Corsair history, while his 20.9 points per game career scoring average is third best in program history. Attorney Phelan has remained a long-time supporter of the Corsair basketball program since graduating from SMU in 1974, while operating his own law practice in Fall River.

Robert Silvia (SMU '86) started his career with the Corsairs as a two-year backup goalie to Corsair Hall of Famer John Findley. In his final two seasons as a starter, Silvia compiled his own Hall of Fame career as a member of Coach John Rolli's Corsairs. Silvia's career record includes a 43-3 won-loss record (.935 winning %) along with 3 shutouts a 2.35 goals against average and a .910 save percentage. As a junior, he was part of the Corsairs' third consecutive ECAC Championship team which defeated NESCAC power Trinity College, 3-2, for the title. As a senior, Silvia led the Corsairs to a perfect 23-0 regular season record. An ECAC All-Star that season, Silvia was the Corsairs' Most Valuable Player in both 1985 and 1986. Silva was a member of the Corsair ice hockey teams which went a year and a half without a loss - 38 consecutive wins, an ECAC record for NCAA Divisions I, II and III. Following his graduation from SMU, Silva served as an assistant coach with the Corsairs for 3 seasons.

Eric Lopes (UMass Dartmouth '93) holds the distinction of being a three-time New England NCAA Division III champion in the 110-meter hurdles. Serving as team captain for Coach Jon Hird's men's track and field teams during both his junior and senior seasons, Lopes dominated his event in both indoor and outdoor competitions. Lopes qualified for the NCAA Division III national championships on three occasions and also qualified for the NCAA indoor championships once. Lopes' best finish in the national competitions was a second place in the NCAA Division III outdoor championships at the end of the 1992 season. Despite having graduated 8 years ago, Lopes name is still prominent in the UMass Dartmouth track and field record book. Lopes holds university records in the 110-meter hurdles outdoors at: 14.54 seconds set in 1992 and the 55-meter hurdles indoors at :07.71 set in 1993.

Mary Beth (Callahan) Shinney (UMass Dartmouth '93) was a four-year starter for Coach Ray Cabral's women's soccer team and captain of the 1992 Corsairs, who appeared in NCAA Division III national championship game. Shinney was the captain of the 1992 squad which is already well represented in the Corsair Hall of Fame with teammates Annmarie Gagnon, Rachel Barbarossa and Cabral. The 1992 women's soccer team was inducted into the Corsair Hall of Fame in 1996. A First Team Little East Conference All-Star, Shinney was also a Division III All-New England selection as well. Following her graduation from UMass Dartmouth, Shinney continued her soccer career by playing professional women's soccer for the Boston Renegades. An outstanding athlete in high school and college, Shinney also played women's basketball at UMass Dartmouth for two seasons.

Annmarie Gagnon (SMU '95) holds the distinction of being the first women's soccer player in the history of the Little East Conference to earn All-Conference honors for four consecutive seasons. A four-year starter for Coach Ray Cabral's women's soccer team, Gagnon is best known one of the finest defensive players to have ever donned a Corsair uniform. An outstanding student-athlete during her career at UMass Dartmouth, Gagnon's play on defense played a large part in her team's success and that of the Hall of Fame career of goalkeeper Rachel Barbarossa. Gagnon was a member of the 1992 women's soccer team, a UMass Dartmouth Corsair Hall of Fame team, which posted a 17-3-2 overall record and appeared in the NCAA Division III national championship game. In addition to her All-LEC honors, as a senior Gagnon was named to the 1994 National Soccer Coaches Association of America/Umbro Women's Division III New England Region Second-Team. Following her graduation in 1995, Gagnon was honored at the 1996 UMass Dartmouth Athletic Banquet for becoming UMass Dartmouth's first NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship Award winner.

Under the direction of UMass Dartmouth Hall of Fame Coach Robert Dowd, the 1975 SMU men's cross country team placed fifth in the NCAA National championship Division III meet held in Boston that year. At that time, it was the highest finish ever by an SMU team in a national championship race. Ranked eighth in the final New England Cross Country poll which included teams from all 3 NCAA Divisions, the squad represented SMU in an NCAA National Championship for the first time. The Corsairs won the NCAA Division III District 1 Invitational Meet at Plymouth, NH and finished the season with a 14-1 record. Among the team's other season accomplishments included a third consecutive victory in the SMU Invitational, a fifth in the Cod Fish Bowl Invitational and the Corsairs were co-champions of the Tri-State Conference. The team was led by senior co-captains Buddy Harris and Peter Smith, who placed 10th in the NCAA Nationals and was SMU's first NCAA All-America selection in cross country.